CBC Radio

Prime Time

This half-hour showbiz magazine series ran on CBC Radio from 1986 to 1993 at 8:05 pm Monday to Friday.  Its original host was Stan Carew, as a companion piece to Stan’s other series, The Entertainers, which ran on weekends.

In the fall of 1987, Ralph Benmergui took over as host of both programs, with Jim Slotek (television) and Geoff Pevere (movies)

among the regular contributors to Prime Time. In 1989, Pevere took over from Benmergui as host of Prime Time, at which point the series began to deal with more serious issues, along with the entertainment spots.



Jian Ghomeshi was host of this weekly, pop culture program featuring music and interviews in an unconventional setting. Airing LIVE Thursday evenings at 11pm. >PLAY was “smart, sexy, sophisticated, and urbane, with an insider's perspective on arts and entertainment.” [cbc.ca/play] The program debuted in March 2002. Regular contributors included Michelle McRee, Rachel Geise, Jamie Kastner and Steve Burgess

Written by John Corcelli - February, 2004


Afternoon Delight

Aired weekday afternoons from 1979 to 1982. Aired Tuesdays and Thursdays from September 1982 to April, 1983.

John Donabie hosted this program about the changing state of relationships, families and sex in modern society. But it was also a light entertainment program featuring the Jack Lenz Band, crime historian Max Haines and sportswriter Earl McRae.
Donabie was a disc jockey with CHUM-FM and after this show was canceled in 1983, he returned to CFRB, in Toronto, to host a daily talk show.

Director: Robert Smith
Producer: Cynthia Ann Grech


CBC Summer Symphonies

Aired Sunday nights for six weeks during the summer of 1978.

With the growing interest in FM radio and stereo broadcasting, the CBC presented six one-hour programs of classical music to both viewers and listeners. The programs were simulcast on the Stereo network featuring light classical music from the country's best orchestras.

Productions originated from Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal, Hamilton, Halifax and Quebec City. Guest soloists included soprano Marie Claire Seguin, pianist Monica Gaylord, oboeist Jon Peterson and the Canadian Brass.


Celebration (Radio)

Aired Tuesday evenings from September 1975 to May 1976.

Tommy Ambrose was the host of this half hour program of gospel music featuring the Celebration Choir. The show was notable for being given a time-slot on Tuesday nights, rather than being buried in the Sunday morning schedule. All the music was put into a spiritual context ,with short interviews with people talking about the deeper meaning of the songs.

Doug Riley, jazz pianist and arranger, prepared all the music for Ambrose and choir. The show was produced for the CBC by Bill Davis and Sam Lovullo.


Eye of the Beholder

Aired three days a week, after school, from September 9 to September 20, 1974.
This series of travel documentaries was produced by Rick Campbell. It was aimed at a younger demographic. Viewers were taken to Brazil, Spain, Hong Kong, Peru and Thailand.

Written by John Corcelli - August, 2005


French for Love

Aired Sunday afternoons, at various times, from January to May, 1965; April to July 1966.

Time For French was a CBC radio program designed to teach conversational french to English audiences. The program was adapted for television by the hosts, Gerard and Sheila Arthur, and given a new title. The program was a series of simple sketches with dialogue in French and English: she would speak French and he would speak English and vice versa. The show also went to the dictionary to learn vocabulary, and often discussed colloquial expressions often heard in the streets of Quebec.



Debuted March 20, 2007 at 6PM. In 2006, CBC Radio 2 was re-focused to feature nothing but music 24/7. As part of the change, Tonic debuted with Katie Malloch , who used to host Jazz Beat from Montreal on Sunday evenings. This national program, also produced out ofMontreal, was a blend of Jazz, Soul and R&B music considered the perfect “tonic” for the end of the day. Hosts: Katie Malloch, weeknights. Tom Tamashiro, weekends.

Written by John Corcelli - October, 2007



Signal, The

Debuted March 20, 2007 at 10PM. 

In 2006, CBC Radio 2 was re-focused to feature nothing but music 24/7. 

As part of the change, The Signal debuted featuring Laurie Brown, long time broadcaster and former host of The New Music on CITY-TV in Toronto. This national show was devoted to contemporary music seven nights a week encompassing the music that had opreviously been heard on Brave New Waves and Two New Hours, the latter dedicated to 20th Century composers. Hosts: Laurie Brown, weeknights. Pat Carrabre, weekends. 



National Playlist

Aired weekdays at 11:30AM on Radio One from November 7, 2005 to April 1, 2006 In an effort to create conversations about the best songs of all time, Jian Ghomeshi created this program offering a Top 10 list of the favourite songs of listeners. The show featured a special guest who argued why a song deserved to be on the list. Listeners would vote every week for their favourite new song while maintaining a list of only 10. The more votes a song received, the longer it stayed on the playlist.



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